Google, VCs and Accelerating Discoveries out of Academic Labs


Johns Hopkins University and Google are partnering to bring ideas from the engineering school to market. While some observers may view this development as evidence that the traditional tech transfer system is failing, we view it as a positive development. We have long argued that universities are creating licensable ideas at an incredible pace, and… Read more »

Incubating Hard Science Startups for Critical Human Needs


Peter Thiel’s Breakout Labs Shows A New Way Forward The traditional seed funding model rule-of-thumb, at least according to legendary tech investor Fred Wilson, is about discovering *product market fit*. “The first step is building a product, getting it into the market, and finding product market fit. I think that’s what seed financing should be… Read more »

As Tech Investors and Accelerators Expand Investment Theses to Include the Life Sciences A Key Tech v. Bio Distinction Must be Understood

By Incubator/Accelerator. 3

There has been a lot of excitement over the announcement that a leading tech incubator — Y Combinator — is moving into the life sciences. We think this is great news and agree with the various plaudits for the move. There has also been criticism, as well as take-down of that criticism, both are conveniently… Read more »

Business Development Professionals and the Tech Transfer Process (Part I)


December 2015 will be the 35th anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act. While there is active debate as to the exact numbers, the technology transfer process is acknowledged across the board (even among critics of the legislation) to have created millions of jobs, added hundreds of billions of dollars to gross domestic product, and turned university… Read more »

Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Incubators and the Tech Transfer Process


According to the National Business Incubation Association, there were over 1,250 incubators in the United States as of October 2012 (!), and that number surely grew in 2013. By way of comparison there were just 12 incubators in the United States in 1980. Incubators are often one component of a larger entrepreneurial ecosystem consisting of… Read more »